Saturday, June 21, 2014

Being a less wasteful teacher

Today I am bringing you an idea of what to do with scrap paper.  There is always so much of it after the children are done cutting, and even with recycling, sometimes I feel bad "throwing it out."  I thought of something fun for the kids to do with their scraps - they were so excited about this!
During their free time, four of my Kindergarteners were very excited to make books out of construction paper.  And not just any books.. different shaped books! Rectangles, squares, stars, even trapezoids! I let the kids write about whatever they wanted and use crayons, markers, pencils, and stickers - anything to make it even more enjoyable.
My student below wrote about "Art and Glass" - can you tell she is quite the artist? :) The other two books were going to be for her sister and parents.  Such a nice little sentiment to give to your family and write from your heart.
Always remember that you can create something beautiful using old materials.  I hope this inspires you to think outside the box with paper and scraps!

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  1. Such a great idea! And such an important one as there is so much waste in schools these days. Thanks for sharing, and I'll be scheduling this at my Facebook page. :)
    FlapJack Educational Resources

  2. Love this idea, Laura! Sometimes I toss scraps in what I call "The Art Box" (really just scraps from every projects we've ever done!) and their little creative brains always find some way to use it up!
    Whimsy Workshop Teaching

  3. What a fun way to have less waste in school! Great lesson for the kids too!
    Conversations in Literacy

  4. I'm with you. I hate to waste paper. . . and boy we really do go through a lot of it.
    Second In Line

  5. What a great idea! I always cringe when I see wasted paper.

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  6. Leave it to a teacher to find more thrifty ways to teach!!! I will definitely begin a "re-cycle" box for our cutting pieces. I also reuse our left over activity pages with a clean back for our stencil or stamping centers. That is a paper saver too. Thanks again for the idea. Karen

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  8. I go to the copy machine room and a teacher has always tossed "mistake" papers. I collect them and run on the back of them. I get a ream or two easily a month. I also tell the secretaries to put leftover notices etc in my mailbox. I get colored copy paper etc. I use it for lots of activities.


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